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L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art Getting Rid of Admission Fees

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/22/2019, 8:45 PM

Pretty soon, it won't cost you a penny to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.  The institution announced it is reducing its $15 general admission fee to $0, a move made possible by a $10 million donation from the president of MOCA's board of trustees, Carolyn Clark Powers. You'll still have to pay for special exhibits, however.  Speaking to the New York Times, museum dire...

Floating Art Museum Soon to Open in Paris

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/13/2019, 5:00 PM

Paris, which has made popular museums out of train stations, royal palaces, and modernist tangles of exposed infrastructure, is innovating yet again: The city is putting a museum on the river Seine.  Billed as the world's "first floating urban art center," Fluctuart is a three-level, bargelike structure located at the foot of the Invalides bridge, facing the Grand Palais in the heart of the city....

Colorful New St. Louis Hotel Wants to Give You the Blues (or Reds or Yellows)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/31/2018, 4:45 PM

"Got the St. Louis Blues," goes the old W.C. Handy song, "just as blue as I can be." Those lyrics take on new meaning at the Angad Arts Hotel, which opens this week amid the many galleries and performance venues of the Grand Center Arts District in St. Louis. Guests who book one of the hotel's 146 rooms or 38 suites don't just pick bed sizes but also a color to match one of four moods—red for pa...

Police Destroy Semi-Submerged Sculpture Park in the Maldives

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/26/2018, 5:30 PM

Police officers wielding saws, pickaxes, and ropes have destroyed the world's first semi-submerged sculpture park.  Located in the Maldives, Coralarium—which Frommer's covered this summer when the work opened to the public—was an over-/underwater project designed by British-born artist Jason deCaires Taylor to be explored by swimmers and snorkelers. It stood amid calm waters belonging to the luxe...

Acclaimed Houston Art Museum Open After Renovations

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/24/2018, 8:00 AM

After more than six months of renovations, the Renzo Piano-designed main building of Houston's Menil Collection—home to an eclectic horde of 17,000 artworks, from antiquities to contemporary creations—reopened to the public on Saturday, September 22.  The interior has been extensively reconfigured to make the place less cluttered and to make room for new and expanded galleries, allowing for the p...

New Street Murals Animate World Trade Center in New York City

By Samantha Zúñiga-Levy

Posted on 08/27/2018, 6:00 AM

Ever since the events of 9/11, New York City has faced the challenges of rebuilding the area around the Twin Towers as well as finding an appropriate aesthetic for the site—tasks that have been especially difficult given the emotions involved.  In early 2017, Silverstein Properties, the World Trade Center's main developer, invited 50 street artists to do what they do best all over the 69th-floo...

Huge Projections and New Architecture Center Added to Chicago Riverwalk

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/15/2018, 7:00 AM

The Chicago River has had about as strange a career as any waterway in North America, starting with its namesake city's decision in the late 19th century (enacted in the early years of the 20th) to reverse the river's course in order to keep sewage out of Lake Michigan.  Of course, that just sent the sewage—including the foul runoff from the same meatpacking factories that gave Upton Sinclair the...

Partially Underwater Artwork Welcomes Snorkelers in the Maldives

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/02/2018, 3:30 AM

The world's first semi-submerged sculpture park is now open for snorkel-equipped art lovers off the coast of the Maldives in the southern Indian Ocean. Dubbed Coralarium, the over-/underwater project was dreamed up by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, who, according to Smithsonian magazine, has worked on similar installations off coasts in Grenada, Mexico, and the Canary Islands.  Those were ...

Georgia in Hawaii: O'Keeffe's Forgotten Island Travels

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/01/2018, 2:15 PM

Georgia O'Keeffe had a strong sense of place, and that place was usually New Mexico. But having a powerful affinity for one locale didn't leave the painter immune to the allure of others, as she discovered, seemingly to her own surprise, during a 1939 stay in Hawaii.  "My idea of the world," she wrote in a letter sent from the islands to her husband, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz, " . . . h...

The Game-Changing Museums of Indianapolis

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/09/2018, 6:45 PM

Indianapolis is reinventing the museum. As dropping attendance and revenues plague museums across North America, Indy’s most storied institution, Newfields: A Place for Nature and the Arts—once known as the Indianapolis Museum of Art—has become the sixth-most-visited museum in the United States per capita.    Part of the reason for its success has to do with that name change. In 2017, curato...

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